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Desperate For God

22 October 2020 Print version    PDA version    
Genesis 32:24, 26, 28 'So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak … Then the man said, "Let me go, for it is daybreak." But Jacob replied, "I will not let you go unless you bless me." … Then the man said, "Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome."'

The Lord often calls us to seasons of concealment – times when, in the midst of a busy world, we pull ourselves aside to spend extra time with God. In those times, he wants us to do two things. The first is to be sincere: to take off any masks we've been wearing and to face up to the way we really are. So often, image takes over our lives, lulling us into a false sense of security and control. Secondly, God wants us to get desperate. Jacob 'contended' with God. The word means he entered into a contest, he strove to overcome. This was the first time Jacob had ever had to actually get real and fight for something. There was nobody else there to give him what he wanted – and he couldn't by rely on his tried and proven skills of manipulation. Many times, a new level of God's blessing is preceded by frustration turned to desperation with God.

Prayer: 'Lord, help me to be real with you today. And help me to turn any frustration into desperation, crying out for your help and not relying on my own "control" to lift me higher.'

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